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Our tart and bubbly Cocktail of the Month is sure to get you through the holiday party season, and without breaking the bank!
I’m hosting a Christmas brunch later this month. It’s a given that I’m going to serve Champagne (seriously, what’s a brunch with out it?) But I’m a bit Mimosa’ed out. It’s just so expected, that it’s a bit…well, boring. Inspiration struck in the form of a fresh Ruby Red grapefruit staring at me from my fruit bowl. And like kismet, a bottle of Barefoot Bubbly arrived just in time to give my idea a try. And it couldn’t be simpler…
Grapefruit Mimosas (makes 5-6 drinks)
- 3 Ruby Red grapefruits (Simply Grapefruit brand 100% juice is an acceptable substitute)
- 1 bottle Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée
- Simple Syrup (see below)
The easiest preparation ever:
Juice grapefruits, fill each glass half way, top with champagne and a splash of simple syrup (about a 1/2 teaspoon). That’s it!
2 parts sugar
1 part water (1 cup water yields a 1/2 cup simple syrup)
Equally easy preparation:
Boil water, add sugar, stir till dissolved. Allow to cool and refrigerate (I put mine in a recycled honey bear squeeze bottle, it makes using it a cinch). This will keep in the fridge for up to a month.
The results? Absolutely delicious of course! I’ve not only tried Barefoot Wine before, but a bottle seems to sneak into my shopping cart on a regular basis. They’re tasty and thankfully-they’re inexpensive (about 10 bucks a bottle). I love to be able to splurge on a fancy (i.e. expensive) bottle of wine from time to time. But on a regular basis, I need something that’s affordable. Barefoot Wines are, but don’t taste like it. I think their Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir (my two favorites) hold up to wines that are double or triple the price.
I had never tried their Bubbly before (they have five kinds), but was delighted to discover they’re just as delicious as the wines. Very drinkable with none of the sharp taste than normally accompanies an inexpensive bottle. The Brut Cuvée works perfect in a mimosa as well as on it’s own. And at a price like this, I can afford to pour liberally for my guests.
Check out their website for all sorts of fun; recipes and pairings, an online community you can join to chat with other wine enthusiasts and get info directly from their winemaker, Jen Wall. That’s right, a chick! You know we love that.
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